History, culture & writing

Explore History, Culture & Writing

Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

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  1. Ways into magic realism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    A baby’s spiteful ghost knocks over boiling pans; a ten-year-old boy sees into hearts and minds; a refugee opens a door into another country… In magical realist fiction, real-world events take unexpected turns into the fabulous and fantastical, asking us to think again about what we know.







    On this course we’ll read a selection of magical realist writing, including work by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Mohsin Hamid, as an introduction to this fascinating genre.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  2. Writing flash fiction: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical short course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  3. Creation myths in the ancient near East
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    Come and explore with us the idea of ‘myth’. We will look at creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  4. Philosophical life coaching
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Lebon
    Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  5. The art of the dissertation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? In this workshop, you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  6. Focus on: Giotto
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Discover the life and work of Giotto, was one of the earliest artists to be written about within his lifetime, his genius held up as the ideal by Italian painting critics for the next five centuries.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Writing haiku poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pearl May
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  8. Writing protest poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    In these times of great political upheaval, protest poetry has never been so important.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  9. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    The Seven Wonders fascinate us, but what were they and why were they wonders? Using art, literature and



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  10. The art of writing the personal essay
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yvonne Singh
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
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  11. Writing the prose poem: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Cox
    A form that’s flowered in recent years, this short course will guide you to write your own prose poetry.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Daemonologie: Witch trials, witch hunting and the Scottish Reformation.
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Nearly 4,000 individuals were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the Early Modern period - approximately three times the total number of prosecutions that took place in England. Join us to explore the religious, cultural and political factors that informed attitudes to witches, witch-hunting and witch trials in Scotland.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  13. Performance poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  14. Writing about food: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Silverman
    Love food and want to write about it? Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  15. Writing the body in fiction
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    Explore how to write bodies that bring your fiction to life in this short course suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100

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